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American Jesuit; editor, journalist, founder of the Catholic interracial movement in the U.S.
Spent 15 years in pastoral ministry in the Jesuit rural missions of St. Mary’s County, southern Maryland, largely among African Americans.
From 1926 until his death, associate editor of America, the national Jesuit weekly review.
For more than 35 years, carried on his long apostolate for interracial justice in the pages of America, on the lecture platform, and principally through the formation across the country of the Catholic Interracial Councils and their organ, the Interracial Review.
Besides numerous journal articles and reviews, his published works include Interracial Justice (1937), The Race Question and the Negro (1953), The Manner Is Ordinary, his autobiography (1954), and An American Amen (1958).
Lainez, Diego (1512-1565)
Spanish Jesuit; one of first companions; second superior general
Of Jewish descent (his great-grandfather was a convert) Lainez was one of the great men of Catholic reform—especially through his work as papal theologian at the Council of Trent (3 sessions between 1545 and 1563). Two years after Ignatius’s death, he was elected second superior general of the Society.
There is a biography by Joseph Fichter titled James Lainez, Jesuit (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1944).
The last name is sometimes spelled Laynez.
Lay person/lay people
The people of a religious faith as distinguished from its clergy; within Catholic circles, however, members of religious communities who are not ordained (i.e. "sisters" and "brothers") are often popularly associated with priests and bishops and not with lay people. (It would be more accurate to see them as neither, as having their own unique role and style of life; see "Religious Order/Religious Life.")
LeMoyne, Simon (1604-1697)
French Jesuit; missioner to New France; peace negotiator
Simon LeMoyne arrived in Quebec city in 1638 and soon went to Wendake (earlier called the Huron territory), where John Brebeuf and other Jesuits and lay volunteers labored. He became proficient in the Wendat, Iroquois, and Algonquin languages. Indeed, among the 300 French Jesuits who would serve on the New France mission in the 17th and 18th centuries, he knew the native languages and the nuances of their oratory and diplomacy best (MacDonnell, Jesuit Family Album (1997).
LeMoyne survived the Mohawk destruction of the Wendat-French community (see “Brebeuf, John”) and went on to negotiate peace (1654) with another branch of the Five Nations (Iroquois), the Onondagas, near the site of present-day Syracuse, NY. When the New York Jesuits established a school in Syracuse in 1946, they named it LeMoyne College in honor of Simon LeMoyne.
Lonergan, Bernard (1904-1984)
Canadian Jesuit; philosopher, theologian, interdisciplinary scholar of “method.”
Concerned with the crisis caused by Christianity’s difficulty in making the transition to modern society and culture (Theology “has somehow to mediate God’s meaning into the whole of human affairs”).
Inspired by what Thomas Aquinas did for Christianity in somewhat similar circumstances in the 13th century.
Professor of theology at Jesuit theologates in Montreal and Toronto (Insight: A Study of Human Understanding ), Rome, again Toronto (Method in Theology , and finally at Boston College (work on an economics neither capitalist nor Marxist).
Conducted a now-famous “Institute in the Philosophy of Education” at Xavier University in August of 1959.
The University of Toronto Press is gradually issuing the Collected Works in 20 volumes.
Lopez Quintana, Amando (1936-1989)
See "Martyrs of the UCA"
Lopez y Lopez, Joaquin (1918-1989)
See "Martyrs of the UCA"
The House of Loyola's coat of arms
Loyola is a town in the Basque Country of northeastern Spain, where Ignatius (of Loyola) was born and raised. The name Loyola may be derived from the Spanish Lobo-y-olla, meaning wolf and kettle. This image is found carved in stone on the castle where Ignatius was raised. The image reflects a legend that the family prepared enough food to feed themselves and the wolves in the area. It has become a symbol of hospitality and generosity. The coat of arms of the House of Loyola is depicted in the crests of many universities and schools.